Becoming a Successful Literary Translator

By Shelly Bryant

15 August 2018 (Wed)
9:00am – 5:00pm

Singapore Book Council Training Room
Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32, Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $200.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $6.99


This masterclass will focus on the development of the craft of translation and how to work in the Mainland Chinese market.

This masterclass comprises two parts. The first will focus on the development of the craft of translation. The discussion of the craft of literary translation will focus on challenges unique to the literary translation field, and will give particular attention to issues like translating humour, culture, and idioms, and capturing the voice of the original piece for a new audience. The class will explore specific strategies for approaching these problem areas with group discussions on specific case studies.

The second half of the course will address questions regarding working in the literary translation industry, with specific emphasis on working in Mainland China. Topics explored here will include:

• Working with an Editor

• Knowing Your Rights as a Translator

• Knowing Your Obligations as a Translator

• Setting Your Expectations for the China Market

• Handling Cultural Differences

Some strategies aimed at avoiding and settling conflicts will also be discussed, particularly focusing on how one might best navigate the China publishing market.

This course is suitable for: Literary translators, translator or diploma holder (translation) with an interest in literary translation. To gain maximum benefit from the masterclass, participants should have some experience in translation, preferably:

• Two years experience in literary translation or

• At least translated one entire literary publication that has been published or

• A diploma in translation

About the trainer: Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a poet, writer, and translator. She is a published author and has translated work from the Chinese for Penguin Books, Epigram Publishing, the National Library Board in Singapore, Giramondo Books, HSRC, and Rinchen Books, and edited poetry anthologies for Alban Lake and Celestial Books. Her translation of Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012, and her translation of You Jin's In Time, Out of Place was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016.

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